Purchase leads UH to victory over Howard

HONOLULU (AP) — Jack Purchase hit six 3-pointers and finished with 22 points — both season bests — to lead five University of Hawaii players in double figures, and the Rainbow Warriors used a big second-half run to beat Howard 84-59 on Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Sheriff Drammeh added 17 points, Mike Thomas and Brocke Stepteau scored 13 apiece and Gibson Johnson had 11 points for Hawaii (9-4). The Rainbow Warriors shot 54.9 percent from the field, 56.5 percent from 3-point range and hit 13 3s — all season highs.

Howard went scoreless for nearly 6 1/2 minutes as UH scored 17 consecutive points — including seven by Drammeh — capped by back-to-back 3s by Purchase that made it 61-43 midway through the second half. The Bison, who committed four turnovers and missed nine of 10 field-goal attempts during a nearly 10-minute span, trailed by at least 14 points the rest of the way.

Howard (3-13) shot 56.6 percent, and the Rainbow Warriors 53.8 percent, from the field in the first half, but Hawaii scored 14 points off nine Bison turnovers to take a 38-36 lead into the break.

RJ Cole led Howard with 22 points.

UH next opens Big West Conference play Thursday by hosting Long Beach State.